oa African Yearbook of Rhetoric - The gaze in the surveillance of political groups by the DIPBA. Some problems for researchers

Volume 8 Number 1
  • ISSN : 2220-2188
  • E-ISSN: 2305-7785



This is one of a series of articles that explore the visual records of the so-called ‘archives of repression’ once maintained by the Directorate of Intelligence of the Police of the Province of Buenos Aires (DIPBA) in Argentina. Starting from the assumption that images are significant practices, the article sets out to reconstruct the values of those who produced, manipulated and consumed them. Further assumptions and hypotheses are derived from current approaches to visual culture and discourse. These raise questions not only about what the archive contains but about what it denies, hides or avoids.

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